Applications available for Absalom Jones scholarships at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Laurel

St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Laurel is accepting applications for two scholarships honoring Absalom Jones, the first African American priest in the Episcopal Church.

The scholarships will be awarded in June to individuals who have demonstrated qualities exemplified by the Rev. Jones such as compassion, leadership, service and interest in education.

One of the scholarships will be awarded in honor and memory of Ellen D. Washington, the driving force behind the church's Absalom Jones window project and scholarship fund. The second scholarship will be awarded in honor and memory of James Whitney, longtime St. Philip's parish leader and community volunteer.

Those who will be attending an institution of higher education such as a college, vocational/technical institute or seminary and are in need of financial assistance are invited to apply by April 6.

Applicants must reside, work, attend school or be a member of an Episcopal parish in the Diocese of Washington.

For information and an application form, contact the Absalom Jones Scholarship Fund Committee at 301-776-5151, Ext. 15 or, or St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 522 Main St. Go to for scholarship information.

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